Lecture within the framework of the conference Whose Universal? on July 2, 2022 at Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg.
Aesthesis is a political matter, such that black folk have often sought to challenge a mode of representation that mythologizes blackness as mere absence or lack. Focusing particular attention on Faith Ringgold’s American People, Black Light series, this talk both demonstrates that the idea of “the Black female” is pivotal in mediating the relation between abstraction and figuration as well as repositions Blackness as immeasurable, multi-dimensional, and a light source in its own right.
Organized by Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) in collaboration with the 12th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art